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Count lines which are separated by line breaks in a cell or a range

This article is talking shout how to count the number of lines which are separated by line breaks in a cell or a range of cell by using formula in Excel.

Count the number of lines in a cell

Count the number of lines in a range of cells

Count the number of lines in a cell

To count total lines in a cell, you can use the combination of the LEN, SUBSTITUTE and CHAR functions.

1. Please apply the below formula:


2. And then, drag the fill handle down to the cells that you want to apply this formula, and all lines in each cell have been counted, see screenshot:

Explanation of the formula:
  • LEN(A2): count the number of total characters in cell A2;
  • SUBSTITUTE(A2,CHAR(10),""): is used to replace all line break characters with empty characters in cell A2;
  • LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A2,CHAR(10),"")): count the number of all the characters in cell A2 without line break characters;
  • LEN(A2)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A2,CHAR(10),""))+1: the first count subtracts the second count, and add 1 to get the result.

Note: With the above formula, you will get the result 1 if a cell is empty, to overcome this problem, please apply the following formula:


Count the number of lines in a range of cells

If you need to count the total number of lines from a range of cells, the following formulas ca help you.

1. Enter or copy the below formula into a blank cell where you want to output the result:

=SUM(LEN(A2:A4)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A2:A4,CHAR(10), ""))+1)

2. And then, press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together, and the number of the total lines in a range has been calculated, see screenshot:

Note: To fix the above formula when there are blank cells in the range, please use the below formula:


Relative functions used:

  • LEN:
  • The LEN function returns the number of characters in a text string.
  • The Excel SUBSTITUTE function replaces text or characters within a text string with another text or characters.

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